Wednesday, June 08, 2011

Riffing or Ranting?


Image by Hot Rod Homepage via Flickr

“Do you like Owen Wilson’s characters?” my friend, Joe, asked.

“Like ‘Behind Enemy Lines’ or ‘Wedding Crashers?’”

“More like ‘Wedding Crashers.’”

“Sure,” I said. “Why?”

“I thought of you this week while watching his newest movie. You definitely don’t look like him, but his characters always seem to go off on these philosophical riffs…they remind me of how you talk.”

“Do I riff or do I rant?

I kind of feel like a riff is positive. It’s what jazz musicians do. Rants…not so much.”

“You definitely riff,” he said.

So, the question is: how do you know if you are riffing or ranting?

How can you tell if someone else is riffing or ranting

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